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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-08

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  • [01] World premiere of 'Othello' staged at Epidaurus Ancient Theater
  • [02] Crete dances for peace

  • [01] World premiere of 'Othello' staged at Epidaurus Ancient Theater

    The world premiere of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" (1604), directed by Thomas Ostermeier, was staged by the German Schaubuehne Theater at the ancient Epidaurus open-air theater, the sole foreign performance of this year's Epidaurus Festival.

    The Berlin-based Schaubuehne Theater presented the premiere performance on Friday night, with a repeat performance on Saturday night, staged as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Hellenic Festival) 2010.

    The ancient theatre of Epidaurus may prove an ideal venue for Othello (1604), a play that has been described as "Man‚s tragedy enacted beneath an empty sky".

    Thomas Ostermeier, director of the celebrated Schaubuehne, tackles the tale of Othello, Desdemona and the diabolical puppeteer, Iago, frantically yanking the strings of passion and base instinct. Focusing on aspects of human behaviour‚on male rivalry and ambition, on jealousy and social exclusion, on the paranoia of love and sexuality‚he gives us an Othello for our times.

    (Photo by ANA-MPA/E. Fylaktou)

    [02] Crete dances for peace

    The southern Aegean island of Crete will held a "humanitarian-cultural event" with the participation of 250,000 dancers on Saturday, the day after the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, in the final stages of WWII.

    The organizer, the not-for-profit association "Planet Crete", also staged "local happenings" in parallel with the main event, "sending out messages of love, peace and fellowship to all the people in the world inviting them to dance and become one".

    At sunset, more than 250,000 professional dancers and "friends of Crete" from all parts of the world gathered along the central road axis beween Chania in the west and Agios Nikolaos in the east, a 200,000 kilometer-long stretch, and joined hands, forming a human chain, to dance a traditional Cretan dance, the 'Sigano (slow) Pentozali'.

    The organisers hope to establish the event as an annual "Day of dance for all the people of the planet".

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